How do I network Mac OS9 and Mac OS10 on 4-port hub?

Posted on 2011-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am new to MAC but have used PCs for awhile.
I have 2 Macs, OS9 and OS10, that have wireless internet access.
I want to network these machines.
I have a 4 port 10/100 hub.  Can I network these machines using the hub without the uplink slot being hooked up?
What is the best way to do this?
I want the Macs to keep the wireless internet access.
The comcast modem is on the other side of the building.
Question by:Bobboz
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You can't really run a wired and wireless network at the same time. You should be able to file share among the Macs wirelessly through your existing wireless LAN, though, simply by turning on file sharing and setting up share, permissions and passwords in the usual fashion.

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The shared files are huge.  The wireless is just a little slow.  Can I get the 2 Macs to talk with a straight thru cable?  So -- there is no way I can use the hub to connect the two machines while they are also on a wireless setup?
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You can do that, but you would have to turn the wireless off on both computers while you are doing your transfer.  Basically, you would be trying to run two LANS an once and the causes routing difficulties.

One solution might be a wireless to ethernet bridge such as this:

or this:

The wireless to ethernet bridge would connect wirelessly to the Comast modem. Then connect the ethernet port on the bridge to your switch and connect all the Macs by ethernet to the switch and turn off their wireless connections.

That way both your file sharing and your internet access would be through your ethernet connection.
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ID: 36580498
Thanks for the quick responses.
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Let us know if it works.

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The 2 Macs are production machines (soon to be 4 Macs).  They rarely need internet access (maybe to update once in a while).
I set up a simple hub network with the airports disabled.  Your advice about routing problems gave me this idea.
If an update is needed.......unplug the cable and turn on the airport.
Because we are dealing with massive files, the wireless is just too slow.
Thanks again.

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